Sameer Pandya


Office Hours

T 2.00-4.00 pm

Office Location

HSSB 5038


Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University

Asian American literature; creative writing; postcolonial studies; sports studies


BA in History, University of California, Davis  

Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University


Sameer Pandya earned his BA in History from the University of California, Davis and his PhD from the Program in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, Sameer began teaching in the English Department at Queens College, City University of New York. After five years, he returned to California, and in 2008, started teaching in the Asian American Studies department at UC Santa Barbara.

Sameer is a fiction writer and a scholar of literature and sport. His fiction has appeared, among other places, in Narrative, Other Voices, and Faultline, and his non-fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, ESPN, Salon, Sports Illustrated, and the New York Daily News.  His scholarly essays have appeared in South Asian Popular Culture and Amerasia.    

His first collection, The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, follows the lives of first- and second-generation Indian Americans living in contemporary California.  The characters share a similar sensibility: a sense that immigration is a distant memory, yet an experience that continues to shape the decisions they make in subtle and surprising ways as they go about the complicated business of everyday living.

He is at work on a novel and a scholarly project on South Asian diasporic sport.



Selected publications:

For full portfolio of fiction and commercial non-fiction, see:


The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, University of Hawaii Press, 2015.       

“A Housewarming,” Faultline (Spring 2013) [Nominated for a Pushcart Prize]

“Ajay the Lover,” Ozone Park Journal (Spring 2011)

“M-o-t-h-e-r,” Epiphany Magazine (Fall 2007)

“Patrick Ewing’s Father,” Narrative Magazine (Fall 2005)

“Welcome Back, Mahesh,” Other Voices 43 (2005)



Journal Issue Co-Editor, “The Cultural Politics of Asian American Sport,” Amerasia Journal, Special Issue.  Forthcoming, Summer 2015.    

“Situating Vijay Singh in (Asian) America,” South Asian Popular Culture, Volume 13.1 (Fall 2013). 

“Situating Vijay Singh in (Asian) America,” Reprinted in Sport and South Asian Diasporas, Daniel Burdsey, Stanley Thangaraj, and Rajindra Dudrah, Editors.  (New York: Routledge 2014).



“The Spelling Bee: America’s Great Racial Freaks-and-Geeks Show,”  The (June 11, 2014).

“Murray’s Win Touches National Nerve,” (July 9, 2013).

“Roger Federer’s Cultural Cachet,” (May 30, 2012).

“The Jeremy Lin Discussion,” (Feb 12, 2012).

“Singh Song: A Fellow Indian Sees Vijay Through a Different Lens,”

Sports Illustrated (October 6, 2008).